Part 4 Trick?
While the students puzzled together the bones in an arrangement that made sense, Professor Sadek added two more students to Jean and Morrie’s team and began communicating with the Thebes Council to gain permissions for a dig at the place where the “animal bones” were found.
Professor Sadek kept her thoughts and her growing excitement to herself regarding the find. Could this be the human-alien link that had been hypothesized since the Heavens “meteor” embedded itself in the Eastern Desert in 1912? Many were convinced it was no meteor but a space ship that government officials quickly excavated out and whisked away before anyone could look too closely. No matter how tight security is at top secret government facilities, bits and pieces inevitably leak out. When a welding company was called to the lab in 1913 to repair an outward starburst rip in high carbon steel, the workmen brought back stories overheard about an otherworldly being that had escaped through the opening. They saw no evidence of tracks in the sand outside, but they did notice broken limbs on the ground from olive trees that circle the facility that looked charred.
Jean and Marty’s text exchange was fast and furious. Marty machine-gunned questions at Jean that she couldn’t keep up with. Jean finally texted, “just fax or email me a list of what you want to know. I’ll get back to you when I can.”
The intercom blurted, “All Box 867 team members, please report to Professor Sadek’s office.”
The professor had a bright smile on her face as the students had their full attention on her.
“Team 867, I have wonderful news. The Thebes Council has given verbal approval for a dig at the site where the bones were found. As soon as an official document is faxed, we are on our way. Professor Lindake has agreed to fill in for me here, so I will be traveling with you. The Dean has agreed to put your studies on hold so you can devote your full attention this endeavor. Our tools and equipment are being assembled as I speak. Please go home and pack no more than 2 duffle bags of personal items. We could be leaving as soon as early tomorrow morning.”
Jean, Morrie, Lok, and Bonibel jumped up and started hooting with joy. Never had they imagined they would be on an actual dig so soon. Was this some elaborate trick that was being played on them? Lok said, “Let’s go out and celebrate the beginning of a grand adventure!”
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